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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 309
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 63
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-22-2008

From the brewery: "Cuvee is an ale of mixed origin like many Belgian breweries used to make. The production process is nearly the same as for the Kriek, the difference being that no cherries are added. It's a naturally acidified ale in which we try to reach the perfect balance between sweet and sour. This amber-coloured ale contains 7% vol. Alc. and can age really nice."
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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin ring of white bubbles. Minimal lacing as it recedes.

Aroms begin funky and yeasty with freshly squeezed lemon rinds, oaky chardonnay and quite a bit of earth. As it warms you get some mild stone fruits.

The tastes follow the nose with a mild pilners maltiness underneath a layer of funk. There's a flicker of sweetness, but otherwise it's a sour ride. Splash of citric lemon juice and white wine vinegar. Big pop of acidity and a touch of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, sour and earthy but not overly so of either.

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Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber color with a generous white head that gradually fades. Good looking beer.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk and citrus notes. Some slight bready notes are also present

Taste: Citrus, some slight funk, and a touch of malt sweetness. The beer has a tart rather than sour character. The beer finishes on a combination of bready, semi-sweet, and tart notes.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation.

Overall: The taste profile is good but I wouldn't mind the sour be turned up a notch or two. I realize this is labeled a Belgian Pale Ale, but it has some gueuze-like characteristics to it. An interesting take on a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The majority of the 75cl bottle was poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Best before 10/2015.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and fizzed away to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass. Some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super funkiness, rubbery, tartness, citrus, oak.

Taste: sour, funky, tart, a little bready, some citrus, oak, and barnyard deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, some pucker that is expected from sours, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and almost has this champagne like dryness to it too.

Overall: I have been eyeing this bad bot for a while and happy to have gotten the chance to enjoy it. Might have to have some more of this stinky beer in Maine next weekend.

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Photo of gatornation
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from wrapped 750ml bottle 2009 vintage

A- pours a nice hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger white head that recedes to a fresh collar slight lacing

S- was sour white fruits with some oak nice wet hay and funk

T- superb its sweet and sour fruit with wood/oak flavors that complement a wet hay and funky barnyard tastes

M- was tart sweet and sour low medium carbonation just the right amount of funk and tartness

O- very drinkable not overly sour tart and funky on the palate a pleasure to drink ages well

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Photo of smakawhat
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till October 2015.

What an absolutely gorgeous color on this. Body hits with peach orange and red hues, shimmering, slightly opaque for unfiltered, the head is even slightly pink but manages to still always keep a puck for a bit, and a solid collar. I am in love with this color it's gorgeous. Some nice tight carbonation

Nose is real interesting. Nectarines, orange fruit, clean, wild yeast, chewy fruit body, faint lemon and banana, maybe some mango but nothing too sweet. Real nice here a big fruit basket, it's hard to wrap my head around this there's so much going on.

Palate upon taste is awash with what comes from the nose. Nectarines, tart/sour bent and wild yeast punch is controlled, makes an incredible fruit punch quality. Tight fizz on the palate but controlled, light bodied, ashen finish with the yeast producing some mild pepper. Some crispness with that light body.

Overall just incredible and real easy drinking. with such a fruit bowl quality, I am at a loss for words. This is a beer to just dive in and get happily lost.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle wrapper says best by 2015. pours a mildly hazy, glowing golden burnt orange (if there is such a color) with a white head that holds for a bit and leaves a little lace. nose is peach, nectarine, grapefruit pith, grapefruit, oak, earth, funk and just a touch of pale(ish?) malt poking it's head through. smells wonderful. displaying all kinds of scents that turn my gears. taste is expressed in sweet/tart fashion with tart winning a bit in this case. flavors of peaches, peach pits, citrus, earth, fruit groves, wood, pineapple cake, nectarines and funk... wonderful. unique and familiar at the same time. medium body. some sweetness, but finishes fairly dry. i am usually impressed by de ranke. extra impressed here. i really like this one.

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Photo of Dope
2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A very cloudy golden orange pour. Small white head that quickly settles down to almost nothing. Just the smallest hint of lacing.

S: Lots of lemons and oak up front. Maybe some sour apples? A bit of wet hay/grass. Smells...funky.

T: Very sour and acidic. Tastes like lemon and apricot bitterness with no sweetness. Some oak and earth tones. Very acidic aftertaste, almost like vinegar.

M: Puckering and very drying.

O: Wish this beer had been properly classified as a sour and not as a BPA so I wouldn't have wasted $15 on a drainpour. Be forewarned if you don't like sours!

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a tulip, best before 10/2015

A- A hazy golden copper with a one finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some barnyard funk, nice balance between sour and funk.

T- Sour lemons, light funk, some Brett, earthy, balanced.

M- Crisp, light, smooth.

O- A solid sour, nice funk. Definitely, will pick up again, seems to be like a cross between a nice gueuze and Orval. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with a surprisingly present off-white head. Tart fruit nose; some grapefruit, lemon, and sour cherry. Good bit of wood and some barnyard funkiness. Overall, there was something too sweet/tart about this simply because there were not more complex flavors underneath. Felt like I wanted more depth in the flavor, but ultimately it was thin as was the palate. Decent, but admittedly a bit of letdown given my high hopes.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Lightly hazed golden orange with a big, foaming, though quickly disappearing near-white head and eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

Very successful, delightful aroma: a nice combination of sour, funk, and sweet notes. The funk is very earthy and reminds me of a musty basement, with some stinging sour notes, and sweet fruit notes. Unique and delightful.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, as some sweetness overpowers the sour funk I crave--though the sweet fruit notes are nice and bright: apricot, lemon, and juicy nectarine. The funk however is still present and is reminiscent of earth, brick, and hay.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. It needs more body and/or bubbles.

A terrific beer, but a bit too sweet to be ranked among the absolute best, though I'd certainly never turn it down.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-orange brew with a small, quickly fading head that leaves minimal spotty lacing. Only moderately hazy, and refracts the light nicely.

S: A light but distinct pale malt aroma blends well with a prominent funk that has a good acidic bite to it, like...well... a beefed-up lambic. Go figure...

T/M: My oh my, this is fantastic! Very reminiscent of Iris in that it has a nice full body and a detectable bitterness. The subdued carbonation adds a nice smoothness and richness that is a welcome change from most lambics/gueuzes, which is –I believe– what this beer most resembles. As the above description says, this beer achieves a great balance between sweet and sour; indeed, the sourness is more acidic/tart than "funky", which I'm personally okay with. Ends on a slightly bitter, somewhat puckering note. The only way I could see this being better would be with the addition of some fruit or something of the sort, to add just one more dimension to it and make it absolutely perfect.

O: I see this is already rated pretty highly, but why don't people talk about it more?! Deliciously tart and sweet, with just enough bitterness to surprise the palate and keep things drinkable, this is a beer I'll be going back to again and again.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange. tiny bit hazy. two finger pure white head that dissipates relatively quickly but maintains a film until the beer is finished and leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aroma is slight vinegar, nice amount of lemon, and funky brett. Nice balance here, but I wish everything was kicked up just a touch.

The flavor is also subdued, but again is really tasty. Certainly acidic, with big notes of lemon and some lime coming through. There is a touch of vinegar, before giving way to a lingering brett funk. Finishes dry. Light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL in chouffe glass. Bottle best by 10 2015

Ar: funk, pleasant acidity, grapefruit, lactic, brett barn character, earthy hay/straw, citrus

Ap: Mild haze dark straw, white head, good retention

T: Grapefruit, alcohol, barn funk, lingering pleasant brett bitterness, lemony acidity, citrus forward, present but not harsh acidity, slight sweetness but not out of balance. Not as dry as a geuze but good bitterness and acidity, earthy, lingering grapefruit

M: Medium carbonation, light body, godd bitterness in the finish

O: Great aroma, I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this one, pleasant excellent brett, definitely a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of OutFox
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Deep orange and just truly beautiful sight to behold. Little to no head and no retention. It almost looks flat but it isnt.

S - Barnyard funk. Sour and sweet and just a mess of smells. It smells like an oude gueuze a milder one but one none the less.

T - its funky upfront with a blend into a sweetish sort of finish. You can taste some citrus and and apples and lots of stuff here.

M - Mine was a little watery and no as carbonated as I expected but that was the only thing wrong with this beer if you could even call it something wrong. Just a great beer.

O - Freakin fantastic.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Ranke "Cuvee De Ranke"

25 oz bomber. Pours a hazed dark straw color, fizzy head and little lace. In the aroma, strong sour and funky hay aromas. In the taste, lemon rind, acidic bite, rounding out with a small bitterness. Tart, funky, sour, and a portion of wheat malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lingering bitterness and tartness. Overall, a nice, deceptively strong sour beer from Belgium. Whats not to like?

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Foodery in Philly. 750mL brown glass pry-top bottle wrapped in paper, best before 10 2015.

Pours a very calm orange gold color with very very thin white head. Nose smells like a classic funk ball, oaky, woody, earthy, lemony, etc.

Palate is funky but a little watery on the texture. Lemon rind, wood grain (i.e. fresh cut boards), some funky bacterial oddness, moss and forest floor. Finish is of moderate length. Palate is a touch sweet for having this much funk. More malt flavor and texture shows through than say a gueuze.

Notes: Tasty, but not as amazing as people have told me it is.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy pale yellow orange with a slightly off white head. Head has large bubbles and dissipates quickly leaving a little bit of lacing behind in its wake.

S: Acetic acid burns the nose a bit with aromas of tart crabapple. A subtle funky presence is hidden someplace in the back.

T: Acidic but far more mild than Id have guessed. Bright, tart crabapple dominates as some earthy spicy notes creep up in the end. This one is pretty simple right now, though the flavors expressed are quite good.

M: soft prickle

O: Being so heavily one or two sided I feel that perhaps this beer is young. I think given time it could develop into something special.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The regular paper covered green 0.75cl bottle, reviewed when fairly young (drank Sep 2011, Best before date of Jan 2015).

Poured slowly into three different glasses, the last one getting some of the sediment within it.

Two glasses of clear light amber sat in front of me, the third being a bit darker and not so clear to the eye: none had much of a head, I blame the slow pour and young age of the brew.

The smell and taste were as follows: Yeasty cooking apples with an side dish of semi-acidic pears which have began to rot because of over ripeness.

I really liked it, refreshing and different, a new favourite of mine.

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Photo of crossovert
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bottled in April of 2008. Best before 04 2013.

It pours into my 25cl geuze glass a clear gold with hues of orangeish amber and a fizzy white head that leaves a bit of lacing. It certainly looks drinkable.

The smell is quite geuze like. IT has some intense apple notes, some sour apple, lemon, and other fruit. There is a slight hint of caramel form the malt. It also has some acidity and the oft noted barnyard funk, though the funkiness is kept pretty much at bay in the smell.

The flavor is tart and sour. It has some really strong green apple and lemon flavors. Just a nice tart acidity, almost like licking a lemon then eating a granny smith. It has a sweet initial taste but ends with a dry pucker.

This is a really nice beer, a refreshing one despite the higher abv.

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Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some beers have the perfect description to pull you in. This is one of them. It poured a very nice orange in color with moderate turbidity and a half finger off white head. It almost smells like a gueuze yet also has a light sweetness to it. All I can really get from it is peaches, apricots, and fruit juice. It's very appealing on the nose. The flavors are surprisingly VERY sour and tart. I expected it to be sour, just not this much. It's very impressive. It is straight fermented sour peaches and apricots. It has a dry and almost bitter finish which is the only detractor but it drinks really well. To me, this drinks like a medium bodied gueuze with more carbonation than average. I really enjoyed this one, it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

near perfect pour here with a really big head of white on top of a golden amber colored body that really shows its just. lots of carbonation can be seen through the light haze and it really sets it apart quite nicely.

aroma is light, pleasant and full of esthers of all different varieties, pears, grasses, cloves, hints of light grains and spices, really just a light and pleasant mix in every way possible. crisp and clean finish with no hint of alcohol in here at all, this was simply exactly what i was looking for in a mid night treat.

overall a sublimly light and clean sessionable ale

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Photo of AlexFields
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange color with a nice frothy head, looks a lot like a gueuze.

Smells extremely funky and quite sour. Getting lots of fruit mixed in too--orange and grape and lemon. This smells pretty damn good.

Taste is similar--still very funky and even more sour than I expected. Very acidic, this one definitely made me pucker up. The fruit flavors are back too, but this time they're accompanied by an odd musty dryness that comes at the end of each sip and lasts into the aftertaste. The flavors here are very complex and mostly very good, but there's also something a little off that makes it hard to drink more than like a glass of this (I had three but it was hard to finish the last one). I'm still tempted to give this one an even higher rating though. I wanna have it again.


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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee de Ranke has a cloudy, bright yellow body and a billowing white head. Retention is quite good and the lacing that is left behind is quite nice.

The aroma has notes of sugar, fruit and spices. Wood and sourness are pretty noticeable also.

My first impression of Cuvee de Ranke is that it tastes like a standard Belgian Pale mixed with some lambic. After reading the label, I realized that is exactly what the brewers did. The result is quite good. It's hard to pin down exactly what order I notice the flavors, but I do notice a pretty good array. The 70% of this beer that is the Belgian Pale brings some flavors of candied sugar and light bread. There is also a mix of light fruits and a little bit of coriander. The lambic mixes seamlessly with these flavors. A good bit of sourness that has hints of lemon with it. Noticeable wood flavors. A lot of funky, leathery, shoe flavor also. The finish is dry and a little bit tart.

Fairly high carbonation, with a substantial body.

The Kriek de Ranke is great, so it came as no surprise that this one was quite good too. A great blend of beers that is somewhere between a gueuze and a Belgian Pale Ale. I think this cost me $9.99 for a 750ml bottle, and I would call that a deal.

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Photo of scbrew
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored a rich light amber with almost no head. The aroma was tart and of sour apple and had slightly floral notes. Excellent level of carbonation for the style. Flavor was awesome. Very smooth sourness with a hint of oak. Could have had the whole 750ml myself, but that would be selfish. Wish I had more.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely a gueze at the core with hints of belgian ale notes but predominately bone dry. best described to me as something that has be depresiated of all sugars and starches that is seems to have fossils and expanded in that its reveals all the complex distinction of a minerals of the grain.

pour is clear at first and cloud towards the end. golden orange. nose is sour funk and apple cider vinegar and the smell of tarnish wood and ash. a hint of grassiness but more so like the minerals of flowers without the perfume. palate cuts into anything like a knife with the lack of any trace of carbohydrates or sugars. herbal hints of bark and rosemary. very sour and feels like hypotonic solution that absorbs everything into itself but at the same time leaves a delicate finish of pollen honeysuckle bitterness and a wet saddle leathery note.

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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.